Comic Con 2012: Preview Night - So It Begins

Wednesday night at San Diego Comic Con is considered "preview night". At 6pm the exhibit hall opens up to a certain number of four-day badge holders to get a sneak peek of what the vendors have brought to show. It's the first chance for people to access the Con's exclusives and the vendors giveaways. My targets were DC and Marvel and then the lovely book publishers.

Surprisingly, even though I was at DC moments after the doors opened, the comic pub wasn't really pushing free things this year. Marvel wasn't much better, having mostly just issues of their comics previously available on Free Comic Book Day in May. Fernando found out that Warner Brothers - who normally has the best, most varied swag of the entire convention floor - wasn't giving out anything either. It's seeming a little odd, so we'll see if any of that changes as the Con opens for real tomorrow morning.

That led me to the major book publishers. For two hours, this isn't so bad, right? (Please forgive me for the fuzzy iPhone pics)

I checked in with one of my publisher contacts and made another friend at Simon & Schuster who made some great suggestions both of things I should be reading and books that might appeal to my book club. After that we headed to Katie Cook's artist booth. As usual, she was surrounded by a sizeable crowd, so we'll try again on a different day.

Instead we headed to Ballroom 20 to hopefully catch the pilot of Revolution. First we had to sit through The Following, a Kevin Bacon-starring cop drama that involved a lot of people having their eyes gouged out. I wouldn't recommend it.

Revolution on the other hand? It's pretty awesome. It feels like it has Erik Kripke's fingerprints all over it, putting a huge emphasis in the important of familiar relationships and how you create your own family under extreme circumstances. Of course it has the makings of a conspiracy theory show and I had a few concerns with some of the actors, but the plot and some of the action scenes were pretty awesome. There's a long sword fighting scene in the pilot that proves that one character is not only a badass, but he's probably a ninja or something. A full review to come later.

So I would deem this a successful preview night indeed! More pictures of the exhibit hall and updates on what we come across tomorrow.

 

Comic Con 2012: Comic Con 101 - Before, During and After

Comic Con 2012 starts in just five short days. Luckily Fernando and I will be making the trek to San Diego for the fourth year in a row. The excitement in our home is getting ridiculous. Over the next few days, WFTM is going to be about Comic Con. To start here are some tips from Fernando (and me) about how to best utilize your time at the geek mecca.

If you don’t know what Comic Con is, well, stop reading because you need to go do some research first. For the rest of us who have gone, are going to go or deeply want to go in the near future, I put together some friendly advice. Think of this as things to consider when attending the great and almighty Comic Con. 

 

Plan ahead and stay informed. 

This one is the most difficult. Comic Con has become a large massive event. As you can imagine managing an event of that scale can be very difficult, especially when there are always people attempting to game the system. That is why the ever evolving Comic Con badge registration is the number one reason to always stay up-to-date with all news surrounding registration. Last year there was limited registration across four days. This year there will be no pre-registration, so next year’s badge registration will be completely online, so stay tuned to the Comic Con website for updates and requirements.

If you are lucky enough to attend the Con then keep an ear open for the rumors about next year’s badges. It will save you the heartache of missing the following year’s event. Staying informed does not stop at the badges though; room registration and flight fares are the other ones you need to keep an eye out. Room registration is really the great compromise between San Diego and Comic Con. The city and the event in coordination with the dozens of hotels in San Diego have made rooms available to the Comic Con bound for a price. There are reasonable rates for all budgets. If you miss out it becomes a difficult ordeal to find a good rate, and there is no telling what price you may pay. The key is to STAY INFORMED all year round.

 

Use the Comic Con schedule as a guide written in pencil, not in stone. 

Our first year Leslie and I planned every moment. That schedule went out the window five minutes after we set foot in the majesty that is the exhibit hall. There is a great awe that strikes when you arrive at the San Diego convention center during Comic Con.  That awe coupled with random amazing geekery that will happen and has always happened at the con is what allows you to be part of the excitement, so do not handcuff yourself to a schedule. The best course is to choose a small handful of panels as tent poles each day. If there is a panel you cannot miss then be sure to be there at least by the panel before, if not sooner.

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